POINT GUARD –
FSF- Matthew Dellavedova- Cleveland Cavaliers- Is suffering from left knee soreness. He sat out the last game and it is unclear if he will play friday. Dellavedova essentially went from watching from the bench in Milwaukee to earning 20 minutes a night with the Cavs, so it’s not surprising that his knee has flared up. This translates to more minutes for Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson. Stay tuned.
BOB- Dennis Smith Jr.- Dallas Mavericks-Update: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is saying it is possible he rejoins the team on the three game road trip but it is highly unlikely that he will. His back up J.J. Barea is ready to return to the line after sitting the past 2 games dealing with a left ankle sprain.
FSF- Rajon Rondo- Los Angeles Lakers-Update 12/19/18:Rajon Rondo has been recalled from the G-League following Tuesday’s practice.Rondo will go through a full practice with the Lakers’ squad on Thursday, and barring a setback, it sounds like there’s a decent chance he’ll be able to return to the floor for Friday’s game against the Pelicans. Once Rondo is back in the rotation, Lonzo Ball’s value will take a decent sized hit. With Lonzo finally looking like a number 2 draft this is a huge blow for fantasy owners.
BOB- Goran Dragic-Miami Heat- Is expected to miss 6- 8 weeks after going under the knife. To have a arthroscopic knee surgery. At the very least, it sounds like Dragic will be out through the All-Star break, and with just 16th round value on the season, he’s not really worth clinging to in most settings. Tyler Johnson will be one of the primary beneficiaries while he’s out, and there will also be more minutes available for Dwyane Wade, Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr.
FSF- Elfrid Payton- New Orleans Pelicans- He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his fractured left pinky, and he’s expected to miss the next six weeks of action. This timetable would put Payton back on the court by January, but with just late-round value on the year, it’s tough to justify stashing him in leagues that don’t offer an IR-spot. There isn’t really an obvious pickup with this report, but we should see Jrue Holiday handling the rock more in his absence.
BOB- Kyle Lowry- Toronto Raptors- Coach Nick Nurse said he doesn’t anticipate Kyle Lowry (dealing with a left quad contusion) being available for the Raptors upcoming Friday-Saturday, back-to-back set. Lowry has missed the past three games for Toronto due to the quad issue, and it sounds like we won’t see him again until after Christmas. Fred VanVleet will continue to start while he’s out, and there will be more minutes available for Delon Wright in the second unit. Kawhi Leonard will also see a slight uptick in usage
BOB- Allen Crabbe-Brooklyn Nets- Is suffering from right knee soreness that has held him out the past 4 games.This will again result in Rodions Kurucs earning another start and there will be more minutes available for DeMarre Carroll. The Nets will return home on Friday for a matchup with the Pacers, and for now, we’ll consider Crabbe questionable for that one.
FSF- Zach Lavine- Chicago Bulls- is suffering from a left ankle injury that occured last thursday 12/13/18 in the closing minutes of the game against Orlando Magic. He will miss the next 2-4 weeks of action. While he’s out, Chicago will likely be going with a Kris Dunn-Ryan Arcidiacono starting backcourt, with Dunn, Justin Holiday and Lauri Markkanen doing the heavy lifting on offense. The 2-4 week timetable here is based on when he initially suffered the injury on Dec. 13, so two weeks would put him back on the court by Dec. 28, and four weeks will have him back by Jan. 11
BOB- Lou Williams- Los Angeles Clippers-Update: He is dealing with left hamstring strain. Most likely grade 1. But todays injury report listed him as questionable. We expected him out till at least until Christmas. This is something to monitor but if nothing becomes of this change we should again see more minutes available for guys like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Milos Teodosic and Tyrone Wallace.
FSF- Bogdan Bogdanovic- Sacramento Kings- He is suffering from a sore right foot. Bogdan’s owners should just sit tight and hope he’s OK for Friday against the Grizzlies.
BOB- Brandon Ingram- Los Angeles Lakers- Update 12/20/18- Brandon Ingram has been recalled from the G-League.Ingram practiced with the G-league team on Tuesday, and he’ll again go through a full practice with the Lakers when the team returns to Los Angeles on Thursday. If all goes well, Ingram could make it back to the court for Friday’s game against the Pelicans, which will result in Kyle Kuzma’s value taking a slight hit.
FSF- Justice Winslow- Miami Heat- Justice Winslow who was suffering from an ankle injury is questionable to play Thursday against the Rockets.Winslow was unable to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, so he should be considered a bit closer to doubtful for Thursday’s game. If he’s out, Wayne Ellington would likely return to the rotation, and there would be more minutes for guys like Derrick Jones Jr. and Dwyane Wade.
FSF- Otto Porter Jr.- Washington Wizards-Update 12/17/18-An MRI revealed a Grade II strain of the right Vastus medialis for Otto Porter and he will miss roughly the next week of action.The Vastus medialis is a part of the quadriceps that extends to the knee, and he’ll miss at least the next four games for Washington, so owners in weekly settings will want to leave him on their bench this week. Trevor Ariza should be able to make his Wizards’ debut on Tuesday, so he’ll pick up the majority of Porter’s minutes.
FSF- Marcus Morris- Boston Celtics- Danny Ainge said he expects Marcus Morris (knee) to return to the court for Friday’s game against the Bucks. Morris missed Wednesday’s game with a sore knee, but the Celtics described that as a precautionary absence, so there’s a decent chance he’ll make it back to the court on Friday. Jaylen Brown may return to the second unit with Morris active, and Semi Ojeleye’s minutes will take a hit.
BOB- New Orleans Pelicans PF/C-
First is Anthony davis went to the locker room twice during a 123-115 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in just 29 minutes.It looked like he may have tweaked his left ankle in the first half for the first locker room trip, but AD returned to the bench minutes later. He then went back to the locker room and didn’t start the second half because of a stomach issue. It sounds like he’ll be OK to play against the laker on friday.
Second is Nikola Mirotic-He has been dealing with an ankle injury. He sat out the last game but is listed as questionable for friday’s game against the lakers.
Third is Julius Randle he is listed as doubtful to play against the lakers friday. So monitor this situation going forward until opening tip.
FSF- Marvin Bagley- Sacramento Kings-Update: Marvin Bagley Is suffering from a left knee bone bruise and is slated to miss 10-14 days until he is re-evaluated.Bagley took a hard fall going for a rebound in Friday’s game against Golden State and left after just five minutes of playing time.
BOB-Serge Ibaka- Toronto Raptors-The curse lives my pick of the week last week is hurt. Is dealing with swelling is his right knee is questionable to play Friday against the Cavs.Ibaka missed Wednesday’s game due to swelling in his right knee, and with Friday’s game being the first of a back-to-back set, we’d peg him a bit closer to doubtful. If he’s out again tomorrow, Greg Monroe would be in line for another start and Chris Boucher will be able to get into the rotation.
BOB- Al Horford- Boston Celtics-Update- Horford remains out due to ‘patellofemoral pain syndrome which is A condition in which the cartilage under the kneecap is damaged due to injury or overuse. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the most common cause of knee pain seen by doctors. It’s common in people who participate in sports, especially women and young adults. So Boston will give him all the time he needs to return without risking a setback. Aron Baynes (hand) is out for at least one month, and until Horford returns there should be fantasy-relevant minutes for both Daniel Theis and Robert Williams.
Picks for the week:
- Picking a knick to get started, Enes Kanter, (drafted by Utah), averaging 15 and 11 this season which are above his career highs, also half a block. The knicks are bad and it doesn’t matter who is shooting, Kanter gets to clean up the garbage around the rim, shooting 85% from the charity stripe.
- Steven Adams -Center for Oke City thunder, also averaging well above his career stats at 16,10 and a block, plays the pick and roll, cleans up the garbage and is the enforcer. Averaging 20 over the past 10 games. George is averaging 5 dimes, westbrook is averaging 10, Adams is on the other end quite a bit
- How about Joe Ingles, SF for the Jazz, one of the best shooters in the NBA, quietly putting up 12, 5 dimes and 4 boards, career 41% from deep, plays off the ball well and the Aussie plays with a chip on his shoulder. He likes the show and put up 20 the other night during a win against the Warriors
- Kevin Huerter Rookie SF of the atlanta hawks has been filling in nicely for Taurean Prince (ankle). He’s averaging 12.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. Look for those numbers to continue to rise in Princes absence.
- This week I am going to my team the New York Knicks. Going with the Rookie SF Kevin Knox. He is finally looking like the star we thought he would be coming out of summer league. The past 3 games he is averaging 21.7 PPG, 8.3 RPB, 1.3 APG with averaging 30 plus minutes a night.
- Trevor Ariza of the Washington Wizards. With Otter Porter injured I can see this guy taking the wizards to new heights. He is going to take advantage of going from the lowly suns to the wizards and hopefully lifting your line ups.
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